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 In This Issue
 October 2009
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Cover Story:
For The Children's Place, Complexity Is Child's Play
Author: Masha Zager
New collections of coordinated outfits appear in The Children's Place stores 50 times a year. Orchestrating the weekly arrival of styles from all over the world to nearly a thousand stores requires complex planning and state-of-the-art technology.
Editor's Note:
Little Brother is Watching You
Author: Jordan K. Speer
As I write this in late September, martial law imposed in Honduras approaches its 39th hour, and I'm amazed at just how much the world has changed in so few years.
The Market:
Hipster Patriotism Fuels the Market
No longer a "red state" phenomenon, a penchant for "Made in the USA" apparel is turning up everywhere, fueled by a desire for locally made products and heirloom-quality goods, as well as widespread jitters about the exodus of American jobs and the general state of the economy.
The Market: Briefs:
Islamic Fashion Receiving Heightened Interest
Malaysian fashion designer Abang Saufi pioneers the movement with colorful creations.
Kellwood's XOXO Brand Relaunches E-Commerce Site
The XOXO brand, owned by Kellwood, announced the re-launch of its e-commerce site XOXO.com.
Stylesight Launches Spanish Version of Trend Analysis, Forecasting Services
Stylesight claims its service to be the first its kind to offer Spanish exclusively.
New Era Cap Acquires Apparel Maker 5th & Ocean
Acquisition Helps New Era Expand Beyond Headwear
Hartmarx Sold, Saved From Liquidation
Hartmarx, the venerable 125-year-old Chicago-based manufacturer of men's suits, was sold on Friday to London-based Emerisque Brands and SKNL North America BV of India.
Babies"R"Us Partners with Cynthia Rowley
Babies"R"Us has added an exclusive collection of fashion-forward baby products by distinguished designer Cynthia Rowley to its growing assortment of differentiated merchandise offerings.
Amazon.com to Acquire Zappos.com
Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares and assume all outstanding options and warrants of Zappos in exchange for approximately 10 million shares of Amazon common stock
Retail Intelligence: In Brief:
QuantiSense, Netezza To Partner For Retail Business Intelligence
QuantiSense announced it will collaborate with Netezza to deliver a business intelligence and analytics application developed exclusively for the retail industry.
Cabela's Implements The Retail Equation's Revenue Optimization Solution
The Retail Equation, a provider of retail transaction optimization solutions, announced it has completed an implementation of its solutions for Cabela's, the retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear.
Chico's FAS, In Wake Of Strong 2Q, Implements ATG's Live Help Solution
Chico's reported improved overall sales during this recession, sparked in part by a dramatic jump in direct-to-consumers sales. Learn how Chico's plans to extend its partnership with ATG, and use ATG's eStara solution as part of its overall web strategy -- one designed to keep the momentum going.
Roots Chooses iCongo to Develop New Cross Channel Capabilities
Canadian Lifestyle Brand Roots Chooses Dynamic Solution for Multi-Channel Commerce and Back Office Integration Functionalities
Redcats Taps Certona for Product Recommendations and Automated Merchandising
Personalized product recommendations increase average order value, items per order, revenues
Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009 Emphasizes Customer Service and Cost Savings
Microsoft Corp. has announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009, which it reports is a flexible, scalable solution that helps midmarket companies and specialty retailers provide outstanding customer service, drive employee productivity and make business decisions with confidence.
Online Retailers Focus on Checkout to Increase Sales
 Companies Hope Shipping Changes Lower Cart Abandonment
Epicor Awarded PCI DSS Compliance Certification
Epicor Software Corp. has announced that its Retail Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted solution has been awarded compliance status with the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard version 1.1.
Supply Chain: In Brief:
Unicraft Develops Stand for Long Bed Heavy Duty Sewing Machines
Unicraft Corp., a Florida-based manufacturer of equipment for sewing and cutting rooms, has added the Three Pedal Heavy Duty Long Arm sewing machine stand to its line.
Affliction Clothing Selects Inovis to Manage Retail Supply Chain Communications
Affliction Clothing, a premier clothing line for rock bands, celebrities and athletes including mixed martial artists, has selected Inovis' Value Added Network (VAN) and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions to standardize its supply chain communication.
Tharo's XML Systems Offer A Solution For Printing RFID Labels, Bar Codes
Tharo Systems announced the availability of its "EASYLABEL" XML (Extensible Markup Language) enabled enterprise systems for printing bar codes and RFID labels.
SAP Offering New IT Implementation Services Specifically For Apparel And Footwear
The new "Fast Track" implementation services from SAP America are designed to deliver bundled business processes and consulting designed to provide shorter time to value.
Avery Dennison Solution Helps Fulfill CPSIA Demands, Offers Online Data Management
A new labeling solution that allows manufacturers to fulfill U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements for product tracking, and then manage the tracking data online, is now available from Avery Dennison.
Brother Installs First GT-782 White Ink Capable Dual Platen Garment Printer
The Brother International Corporation Industrial Products Division announced it has installed the first GT-782 white ink capable dual platen garment printer.
Macpherson Meistergram Signs Distribution Agreement with Pantograms Manufacturing
Its new a new agreement with Macpherson Meistergram gives Pantograms the exclusive rights to distribute Meistergram embroidery machines in the United States and Canada.
Sourcing & Logistics:
Industry Veterans Share Sourcing Insight at Apparel's Sourcing Summit at MAGIC
Apparel Executives Say Strong Vendor Relationships Key to Sourcing Success
Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:
Mauritius Apparel Sector Focuses on Sustainability
A shrinking economy that has left in its wake many shuttered factories and unemployed workers around the globe has spurred a concerted effort among the members of Mauritius' apparel industry to demonstrate to potential sourcing partners that Mauritius offers benefits over other manufacturing locales, say producers from that country, a number of whom exhibited at the recent TexWorld USA show in New York City.
Concept-to-Spec Case Study:
Rag & Bone Takes the Plunge into Computerized Patternmaking
Author: Stacey Kusterbeck
Since implementing a computerized patternmaking system, 100 percent of the apparel maker's styles are now digitized, making designs easier to revise and track.
Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:
TEXbase Launches Color Management Tool
TEXbase has released a comprehensive data management tool to streamline the color approval process.
WFX Launches 'PLM for Charity' Initiative
WFXonDemand.com has launched a charity initiative to help support the education of underprivileged children in India, where WFX' R&D center is located.
Belk Signs With TradeStone Software To Build On Its Private Label Success
TradeStone Software, a provider of private-label and global sourcing solutions for the retail industry, announced on Tuesday that Belk has signed an agreement to use TradeStone's Merchandise Lifecycle Management suite of software solutions to help enhance the performance of its growing private label program.
Fiber-to-Fabric: Case Study:
The ExOfficio Member of the Performance Apparel Industry
Author: Michael D. Cole
Armed with the mantra, "Change You Can Believe In," ExOfficio touts a mission to revolutionize what we are wearing in the outdoors and on the go, with technological innovations including bug-repellant outerwear to protect from dangerous diseases and antimicrobial fast-dry underwear that can be worn all week long - without offending.
Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:
Cotton Incorporated Launches New Sustainability-oriented Web Sites
Cotton Incorporated, the research and marketing company for U.S. cotton, has gone live with two sustainability-oriented web sites: Cotton Today
Eco-Panda Launches Eco-Friendly Swimwear
Eco-Panda has launched a line of "eco-chic" swimwear manufactured from MIPAN regen post-consumer recycled nylon, in a process that the company reports equates to a 27 percent reduction in use of natural petroleum, and a 28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, vs. using non-recycled nylon.
Propper Awards TenCate Defense & Tactical $13M Order for Uniforms
TenCate Defense & Tactical, based in Union City, GA, has received a new $13 million order for TenCate Defender M fabric from Propper International, based in St. Charles, Missouri, for the manufacture of uniforms for the U.S. Marine Corp's Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) program
AATCC Offers Standardized Moisture Management Test Method
The standardized AATCC Test Method (TM) 195-2009, Liquid Moisture Management Properties of Textile Fabrics, is now available from AATCC.
Issue Article:
Straight Talk About Item-Level RFID
Apparel's 3rd RFID Report examines the true state of retail adoption in North America, identifying reasons for its gradual adoption, taking a look at why RFID is important for your business - and suggesting that it is nearing a tipping point to explosive growth.


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